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One Person’s Story

Ali Safarpur Rajabi


Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 13, 2005
Location of Killing: Lorestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Murder
Age at time of alleged offense: 16

About this Case

Information about the execution of Mr. Ali Safarpur Rajabi has been taken from the Kayhan and Iran newspapers respectively on July 14 and July 16, 2005, the ISNA News Agency, and the report of Amnesty International on July 22.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. According to Amnesty International, Mr. Safarpur Rajabi was arrested in February 2002 and the Iran newspaper mentions the date of the crime as October 5, 2001, when the defendant was 16 years old.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial other than it took place at Branch 1 of the Poldokhtar Judiciary (in Lorestan province).


Mr. Ali Safarpur-rajabi was charged with “murdering Hamid Enshadi, a police officer in Poldokhtar”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial. International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic’s authorities have brought trumped-up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. Each year, Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Ali Safarpur Rajabi’s defense.


Branch 1 of the Poldokhtar Judiciary condemned Mr. Ali Safarpur Rajabi to death and approved by the Head of the Judiciary. He was hanged at 6:35 p.m. on July 13, 2005 “in the presence of judiciary officials, the ideological commissar, and the chief of the police at Basij Circle in Poldokhtar (Kayhan).

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